Kelowna football players head to nationals
With the biggest weeks of their summer on deck, seven local football superstars are excitedly gearing up to represent for the BC Provincial Football Association (BCPFA)'s provincial selects team in two separate national tournaments.
This morning, U18 selects Easton Schmuland (Fullback), Caeleb Schlachter (Receiver) and Nolan Ulm (Receiver) boarded a plane in Vancouver, bound for Kingston, ON where they will take on eight provincial teams from coast to coast in the 2019 Football Canada Cup.
On Sunday, U16 selects, Jaeke Schlachter (Receiver), Evan Fitchett (Receiver), Jack Nyrose (Defensive Back) and Everett Schmuland (Linebacker) travel to Kamloops for the 2019 Football Canada Western Challenge, a tournament hosted this year by the BCPFA.
Remarkably, all seven players play for the Kelowna Secondary (KSS) Owls Varsity and Junior Varsity teams during their regular seasons.
The KSS program saw remarkable success in 2018 culminating with a decisive win for the provincial championship title for the Junior Varsity squad, which included Nyrose, Everett Schmuland, Jaeke and Caeleb Schlachter and Fitchett. They are joined by players from across British Columbia.
The U18 Football Canada Cup takes place from July 5 - 13 at Queen's University Richardson Stadium in Kingston, ON.
The U16 Western Canada Cup will be held Jul 13 - 18 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, BC.